Sven B. Schreiber
Hungarian rock has a long and glorious tradition, reaching back to the last two decades of communism. It was very popular in the German Democratic Republic then, and some bands like "Omega", for instance, even found lots of fans in the Federal Republic of Germany. "Tabula Smaragdina" clearly draws on this valuable heritage with their complex polyphonic song creations, studded with splendid vintage keyboard arrangements.
Favorite track: A szavakon innen.
The CD is the original pressing/audio, the digital version is the audiophile dynamic remaster from 2016!
Progressive Rock from Hungary, following the roots (Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Pink Floyd). Vintage instruments, beautiful melodies, lyrics in hungarian.
Their music embraces the influences of the 70's with lush keyboards and complex passages, with a unique sound that combines the spirit of their country and a fascination for beautiful acoustic melodies, in other words, a new sound that respects the legacy of the Symphonic pioneers.
The story of TABULA SMARAGDINA goes back to 1998, when the Krivánsk Daniel (keyboards) and the guitar player Bogati-Bokor Akos met in the University campus, they soon became friends and started to share ideas about music, but it's not until 2002 when with the drummer Zsigo Lázlo and the bassist Turi Tamás they complete the rhythm section and the line-up of AMETHYST is completed.
2004 was an important year for the band, they win the Félsziget Fesztivál 2004 and start to write their own material. But something happened, Bogati-Bokor Akos takes a sabbatical from AMETHYST to work almost exclusively with the excellent band YESTERDAYS (Already in Prog Archives).while Zsigo Lázlo and Krivánsk Daniel form a band called MORTEM and TURI TAMAS works on several projects.
After a while they decide to give the next step but suffer the departure of TAMAS, who due to health reasons couldn't stay as an active member of the band even when still a great friend of the group with whom he started. So as a trio (with Akos playing the bass and their good friend Tamás playing one track) recorded their debut album A Szavakon Túl (Beyond Words), but the musicians decided to re-baptize the band as TABULA SMARAGDINA (The Emerald Tablet).
released August 26, 2009
Bogáti-Bokor Ákos - guitars, bass, mellotron, minimoog, lead- and backing vocals, piano
Krivánik Dániel - piano, hammond organ, mellotron, minimoog, synthesizers, fender rhodes
Zsigó László - drums and percussion
Antal Karola - lead and backing vocals
Makkai István - soprano saxophone in "Álmok fénye"
Turi Tamás - bass on "My Electric Cat"